In a day filled with nationally-aired inappropriate tweets and llamas, the real llame-as were the Toronto Maple Leafs.
What was built up as the beginning of the teardown of the Toronto Maple Leafs, was far from it, as Dave Nonis and co sat around and accomplished basically nothing today.
As a fan, I am mad. As a
future member of the mainstream media, I am madder.
I want an organization that sticks to its word – I pay their salaries and I demand satisfaction. So if they say there is going to be a rebuild, I want it by any means necessary. At this point, I would rather put a literal pylon on the ice than Dion Phaneuf, not that there would be much difference in play.
And Phil Kessel? When people say they’d trade a player for a bag of pucks they mean it sarcastically. I mean it literally. We have to get him away from this team. We can’t be showing Morgan Rielly and William Nylander that it’s okay to be fat – no matter how many goals you score, how bad your centreman is, if you’ve beaten cancer, or if you face the media even if you have social anxiety issues.
Instead the Leafs traded the kind of guys they should keep; a steady, physical d-man in Korbinian Holzer and good veteran presence in Olli Jokinen. And what did they get in return? A couple draft picks? That is not how you rebuild.
Now I am fair – I will give credit where credit is do.
The Leafs did make a few smart moves. Keeping Tyler Bozak is important – someone has to teach Nazem Kadri how to win a draw, since he won’t be winning anything else in Toronto. Plus we need to have ONE two-way centreman on the team. Keeping Roman Polak was also a good move. He consistently keeps the team honest by calling them out in the media, which is definitely good for morale and team building. That, my friends, is how you rebuild.
An underrated move was keeping Stephane Robidas, although you can’t give Nonis credit for keeping him around – my source tells me that Toronto tried to trade him, but he literally couldn’t get to the other team. Because he’s old and has two broken legs.
Even with those couple lone bright spots, this was one dud of a day for the Leafs. Big changes were promised, and we didn’t get them.
Now we just wait until June 26th, when the Leafs will disappoint us once again by drafting someone other than Lawson Crouse, forcing me to start calling it the NHL Entry Daft.